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  MSNBC    First Look    News/Business. The day's  
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    September 10, 2010
    5:00 - 5:30am EDT  

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accomplished in iraq, and the 143rd day since the deep horizon disaster in the gulf. please join us for the live edition of "countdown" weeknights at 8:00 p.m. be there. deadly inferno. an explosion rocks a san francisco area neighborhood sending flames tearing through dozens of homes. good samaritan to the rescue. a man tackles a bank robbery suspect in wisconsin. and most giving. which countries are the most generous? good morning. i'm lynn berry. those stories and more straight ahead this is "first look" on msnbc. we begin this morning with
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chaos in california. a thundering explosion in the san francisco suburb of san bruno triggered a wind-swept fire yesterday and continues this morning. incinerating at least 53 homes and killing at least one person. a natural gas pipeline exploded in the area thursday evening, one person is confirmed dead, at least 25 are injured and are being treated at area hospitals. fire officials estimate at least 100 residents have been sent to area shelters. as of now, at least 120 homes have been damaged. after the blast, flames were said to be shooting as high as 100 feet in the air. pacific gas and electric, the utility company that serves the bay area, has said it will take full responsibility if it is determined to be the cause of the fire. as of late last night, officials estimated the blaze was only 50% contained. well, an emotional roller coaster yesterday regarding controversial plans by a florida pastor to burn copies of the
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koran on the anniversary of 9/11. it was initially reported that the planned protest was canceled as part of a deal that would move the location of a highly publicized islamic community center in new york city. now that deal is being denied. we go to tracie potts for the latest. >> reporter: what is not clear this morning is what was said behind closed doors between this pastor and muslim leaders yesterday. today we know apparently an attempt to diffuse the situation may have made it worse. after a call from the pentagon and talks with muslim leaders, florida pastor terry jones said he would call off saturday's koran burning. >> we have agreed to cancel our event on saturday. >> reporter: but hours later, jones accused the muslim leader standing next to him of lying about whether a mosque two blocks from ground zero, would be moved. so now jones says the event may
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be back on. >> we are a little bit back to square one. >> reporter: the florida imam said he agreed to ask new york investors to move the mosque but never promised it was a done deal. >> he clearly understood that there were no cut deals over there in new york. >> reporter: the new york team says they never agreed. now the white house may get involved. a white house spokesman accused jones of seeking publicity. >> this is a desperate man seeking the attention of the better part of the world. >> reporter: complicating things, donald trump offered to buy the new york mosque site for 25% more than investors paid. they turned him down. now, federal authorities say from a legal standpoint they don't believe there's anything that they can do to stop this event tomorrow. lynn? >> tracie, thank you. the hot-button issues over burning the koran and the planned mosque near the world trade center site have collided.
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last night on "countdown" with keith olbermann, keith asked the director of the islamic society of central florida, imam muhammad musri, what he told the pastor of that group that wants to burn the korans on 9/11. >> i told him i arranged for a meeting up in new york if he gives up the event on saturday. and i told him clearly, i am not in any way connected to the event in new york. i have no control over it. i cannot promise you that it will be moved. but my position is for it to be relocated to more ideal position, somewhere we can avoid the controversy that's going on on that side. i said i advocate for that,
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prior to this incident here, and i'm willing to go personally to new york to do that. he clearly understood that there were no cut deals over there in new york. >> be sure to join keith olbermann each night as he counts down the day's stories, that's weeknights at 8:00 eastern right here on msnbc, the place for politics. a federal judge in california is planning to issue an injunction to stop the government from enforcing a ban on openly gay service members in the military. yesterday the judge declared the don't ask don't tell policy unconstitutional, saying it violates the right to free speech and due process of gays and lesbians. in her ruling the judge added that the policy doesn't help military readiness, instead it has a "direct and deleterious effect on the nation's armed services." here's your first look at some of the other news going on
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in america today. in wisconsin, police are looking for an armed mass robber who charged in and attempted to hold up a local bank. for the suspect unfortunately a customer sprank into action and tackled him from behind. the robber ran out of the bank without any cash. an illinois bank got an unexpected deposit, an 80,000 pound semi. the truck driver swerved off the road, plowed into the roads and 25 feet into the building. he did manage to avoid that near fatal collision, the truck clipped a parked suv before crashing into the bank. the bank was closed and no one was seriously injured. two children in nebraska are safe and back with their mother after an 80-mile-per-hour wild ride. the boy and girl were with the mother's boyfriend as he led police on a chase that ended after he crashed near a lake. he is charged with felony flight to avoid arrest and two counts of child abuse and negligent.
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there is a new ice skating rink in illinois, this one up in the sky. it's not going to open to january, but some young folks took a spin on the 94th floor rink. more than 1,000 feet up in the john hancock center, some say it could be the world's highest ice skating rink. 'tis the season. now for a look at the national weather, we turn to wcau nbc 10 meteorologist michelle grossman with the forecast. i know will you talk about this across the eastern seaboard. the temperatures have dropped. what i'm upset about is all the stores, they brought in all the fall gear. dunkin' donuts, the harvest doughnut is here. that's when you know summer is over. >> and the pumpkin coffee from starbucks. are you ready for it? >> no, i didn't get a chance to mourn summer. >> i'm sure we will have upper 80s and 90s on the map. summer is not over yet, but today, yes, fall-like in the
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northeast. we have a spin of low pressure up through the canadian maritimes bringing showers down as far south as new york state. otherwise high pressure building in. that's bringing a great end to the work week and a nice start to the weekend. it is cool, though, as lynn mentioned. 60 in philadelphia. 62 in new york city. 61 in pittsburgh. 55 in buffalo, new york. looking at friday's weather, looking great across the northeast. looking at partly sunny skies. a mix of sun and clouds. 75 in philadelphia. 67 in buffalo. temperatures mainly in the upper 60s, low 70s, 70 in hartford. looking at the rest of the nation, looking warm, very summer-like, lynn, that's where we need to go. down to the southeast, 91 in atlanta. 92 in new orleans. 94 in san antonio. back to the west, cooler conditions. looking at some rain, a cold front moving through the upper midwest -- excuse me, the northern plains, 66 in billings. as we go throughout the northwest, 65 in seattle with
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some rain on the map to end your work week. down throughout the southwest looking good. temperatures in the 70s which is normal for this time of year, 17 in san francisco, mostly cloudy skies. down through phoenix, a hot one. there lots of sunshine, temperatures mainly in the upper 90s. as we go throughout the weekend, they could have 100 degrees in phoenix. lynn, that's where we need to go. >> no kidding. like i need an excuse to go to miami. michelle, thanks. optimism hits the street. mortgage rates start to rise. and a tax on witches. your first look at the business headlines is straight ahead. the super bowl champs picked up where they left off and one crazy day for tom brady. you're watching "first look" on msnbc. [ male announcer ] where are people with moderate to severe
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death cal coburn brown, he died by lethal injection for the rape and murder of a 21-year-old woman. authorities in colorado are warning residents in boulder to be ready to evacuate in case high winds push a raging wildfire into city limits so far 170 homes have been destroyed by what state officials say is the most destructive wildfire in colorado's history. the crew of a german-owned ship seized by pirates off the coast of somalia is free this morning after being rescued by u.s. marines. navy soofficials say the marine seized control of the vessel and captured the pirates without firing a single fire. no one was hurt partly because the crew managed to kill the ship's engines before locking themselves in a panic room style chamber. capitol hill employees over $9 million in back taxes at the end of last year. the money was owed by 4% of
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congressional employees a percentage slightly higher than the national average. a new gallup ranking says the united states is the fifth most generous country on earth, tying with switzerland. new zealand and australia tied for first. now here is your "first look" at how wall street will kick off the day. the dow opens at 10,415. the nasdaq added five points. in tokyo the nikkei limes 140 points, in hong kong, the hang seng was up 90. with wall street still looking for momentum of its own, stocks rose thursday thanks to upbeat data with hope that's economic recovery may be resuming. earlier new claim force unemployment insurance fell to their lowest level in two months last week. trading was fueled by data showing the u.s. trade deficit narrowed sharply in july,
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reflecting big gains in sales of u.s.-made airplanes and other manufactured goods, while imports declined. as expected, volume was light and trading volatile, with many traders off for the jewish new year. stocks did slide in the afternoon after deutsche bank said it was raising new money with a stock sale. financials hit hard in the august downturn where among the top gainers, jpmorgan chase rose 2.5%. adobe systems jumped more than 12% after apple said it would ease restrictions for iphone and ipad apps. don't look now, but record low mortgage rates are inching higher. freddie mac pegged the average rate for a 30-year fixed loan at 4.35%. the first weekly rise since mid-june.
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various reports say later this morning president obama will name long-time economic adviser austin goolsbee as chairman of his council of economic advisers replacing christina romer who left the administration last week to return to teaching. finally a disappointed romanian lawmaker who drafted a proposal to tax witches and fortune tellers claimed lawmakers were frightened into rejecting the tax because they were afraid of being cursed. tom brady takes a hit, home run leaders add to their totals, and a rare steal of home. plus the saints come marching into the new nfl season with a win over the vikings. your "first look" at sports is straight ahead. you took my eggs ! it's an "egg management fee." what does that even mean ? egg management fee.
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over the middle. pierre thomas punched it in from a yard out. saints won it 14-9. new england patriots had a scare yesterday when tom brady was involved in a two-car accident near his boston home. according to reports, brady t-boned a minivan that ran a red light. brady denied treatment at the scene and fully participated in practice yesterday. good thing he showed up. he signed a four-year $72 million contract extension making him the highest played player in nfl history. now he has some money to buy a new car. baseball, cards and braves, pujols, one swing, one more home run. st. louis up 7-3 after four. rasmus must have been taking notes and had a pair of homers himself. the cards win it 11-4. jose batista hit his 44th against the rangers, but unfortunately for toronto, not
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enough. t troy tulowitzki, mass set on the mound and chris nelson stole home. masset knew something was wrong, but he didn't know what. that's your "first look" at sports have a great weekend. now for another quick look at the weather, let's check in with wcau nbc 10 meteorologist michelle grossman. >> looking good across the country. fairly quiet. out in the tropics, watching our ninth-named storm, it is tropical depression igor, was a tropical storm, lost steam overnight. as it heads throughout the atlant atlantic, it will spike up speed and strength. elsewhere in the u.s., rain moving throughout parts of the tennessee valley this is left over from tropical storm
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hermine, bringing rain to parts of the area there. up through the northern plains a cold front will move to the east and bring rain to parts of the northern plains in the northeast. we are looking good. high pressure in control. it will feel fall-like going throughout the day. 78 in washington, d.c. down throughout the southeast, warm, summer-like temperatures in the 90s, to the mid 90s. down throughout the southwest, 97 in phoenix. along the southwestern coast, temperatures mainly in the 70s. 71 in san francisco. rain up throughout parts of the northwest. lynn? >> thank you very much. james franco sets the record straight about himself. plus another resident evil zombie thriller this one in 3d, and it has a clear path to number one this weekend. your "first look" at entertainment is straight ahead. with bifocal lenses for just $25 more per pair. hurry in to sears optical today and don miss a thing.
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welcome back to "first look," i'm lynn berry. last night on "late night with jimmy fallon" jimmy took a good-natured shot at an american ic icon. >> today is the 120th birthday of kfc's colonel sanders. customers celebrated by blowing out their arteries. yes. china is planning to fine people $7 if they're caught smoking in public spaces. that's not fair, how are kids supposed to relax between shifts? right? this is pretty surprising. miriam webster says sarah palin's made-up word refudiate was the most searched word of the summer.
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no matter how hard, if they looked, palin supporters couldn't find the word in the definionary or the wordasarus. >> what happen up your week with jimmy and the kardashian family, tonight chris, courtney and kim will be buy. that's weeknights at 12:35, 11:35 central time on your local nbc station. it's time for your "first look" at entertainment news. at the bogs office this weekend, the first of the fall season, there is one favorite and no competition. "resident evil after life" is the only debut this weekend, the fourth film in the franchise that won't die. each film that comes out tops the others. that's expected again this time, particularly with the added draw and added dollars of 33d. britney spears is denying allegations made by a bodyguard
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in a sexual harassment lawsuit. spears said charges in the lawsuit that she harmed her children have already been investigated and found unsubstantiated by authorities. finally, james franco has addressed rumors about himself in an interview with the advocate. not that there's anything wrong with it, franco says, but he's not gay. he just likes unusual roles and, no he's not a stoner just because he occasionally plays those roles. for the record, he does not smoke marijuana. never really understand why celebrities feel the need to go out there and set the record straight. i didn't even know these rumors existed. >> not only did i not know, i didn't think either of those things about him either. >> exactly. i think they spend too much time googling themselves and coming upon these random websites spreading rumors and they feel the need to talk about themselves more. that's just my take. >> yeah, you're right.
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you probably do feel the need. i'm not a stoner, i don't know why he would want to say that. >> that's a good thing. for the record, we're not either, right, michelle? >> right. >> i'm lynn berry this is "first look." stay tuned, "way too early with willie geist" starts right now. a gas line explosion sets off a massive fire that is sweeping right now through a residential neighborhood near san francisco, sucking up homes in an inferno that firefighters are calling the worst-case scenario the question is how will they contain this monster? the florida pastor who threatened to burn copies of the koran on tomorrow's anniversary of 9/11, announces after getting a call from the secretary of defense that he will not go through with the demonstration. the question is why is he already reconsidering that decision this morning? and the new orleans saints host brett favre's vikings in an ugly first game of the nfl season. the question is in

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